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Million dollar plus neighborhood in northwest Lawrence starting new phase of development

Chad Lawhorn

Perhaps you noticed that the [recently-published list][1] of top construction projects in Lawrence included two $1 million-plus homes. Well, here’s another sign that the big wheels in the Lawrence real estate market may be starting to turn again: The developers of the Fall Creek Farms project — one of the ...

Lawrence's Westlake Ace Hardware part of $88 million sale; customers not expected to notice changes at local stores

Chad Lawhorn

The nuts and bolts of the operation of Lawrence’s two Westlake Ace Hardware stores have changed, but company officials are promising customers won’t notice any changes in the, well, nuts and bolts and other items the company sells. Ace — the giant retail, hardware cooperative based in Oak Brook, Ill. ...

Just Food prepares 916 Christmas food baskets; demand up by more than 20 percent from last year

Chad Lawhorn

And you thought your kitchen was busy this holiday season. I chatted recently with Jeremy Farmer, executive director of Lawrence’s Just Food food bank, and he told me his organization has been busy putting together 916 Christmas baskets for households that were struggling to put a Christmas meal on the ...

Lawrence trails places like Branson and Salina in study of Midwest retirement communities

Chad Lawhorn

The New Year is coming, and I’m sure so too will my tried and true resolution of vowing to start playing my old guitar again. Well this year, maybe it will stick because it looks like me playing my guitar is the only thing needed to make Lawrence a Grade ...

Myers Liquor files plan for drive-through lane and new retail space at 23rd and Alabama location

Chad Lawhorn

Somehow, it just seems appropriate in this season of late-night battles with wrapping paper, the pre-planning for in-law visits, and the arguments with your spouse about thawing the Christmas goose in the bathtub that this topic would emerge: Drive-through liquor stores. I am now beginning to understand why my wife ...

Longtime tire shop Performance Tire & Wheel closes Lawrence location

Chad Lawhorn

I guess every tire must go flat at some point. One of Lawrence’s older tire and wheel shops has closed its doors. Performance Tire & Wheel Group, 1828 Massachusetts St., shut down on Friday, and the manager of the store told me there are no plans for the company to ...

Temporary closure of 15th/Bob Billings Parkway this summer upsets neighbors; city proposes new detour in hopes of alleviating concerns

Chad Lawhorn

We’ve been telling you for awhile now that the area near 15th and Iowa streets is going to be a mess for a good part of 2013. Well, it looks like the mess is going to spread into City Hall tonight. As we have reported in the past, Iowa Street ...

Lawrence homebuilding totals up nearly 30 percent for first 11 months of 2012

Chad Lawhorn

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been experiencing building permit withdrawal symptoms. Since about June, I’ve been unable to report any new building permit data for you because the city was having some issues with its new permit software and its ability to print reports. (I’m assuming that is ...

Speculation growing that ownership change is on tap for Lawrence-based Stephens Real Estate

Chad Lawhorn

It sure appears that one of Lawrence’s larger and older real estate agencies is about to be sold. Multiple sources are indicating that a deal is expected before the end of the year that will sell Stephens Real Estate to two employees of the Lawrence-based agency. Doug Stephens, president of ...

New poles may be installed in Lawrence neighborhoods as part of Black Hills wireless meter-reading project

Chad Lawhorn

If you still get riled up about a new cell phone tower being erected in the county, you’re so stuck in the 1990s. These days, the argument is just as likely to be about communication equipment that is erected right next to your house. Perhaps some of you remember that ...

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